Wilderspool velodrome

Wilderspool velodrome

Wilderspool velodrome

First published in Letters

IT seems the Olympic legacy is strong in Warrington with Wilderspool Causeway footpaths becoming our answer to a cycling velodrome.

And the speed of some of the Wiggins wannabes would give the gold medallist a run for his money.

But who are we, the pedestrians, to get in the way of these two-wheeled menaces? After all the roads are too dangerous for the cyclists – they would prefer to pass the danger on to pedestrians.

But cyclists aren’t totally averse to danger because very few of them wear a helmet – perhaps an indication there isn’t much between the ears worth protecting.

The lack of a suitable cycle lane is clearly something that needs to be addressed but this doesn’t give cyclists the right to endanger people walking along the footpath.

If one of the cyclists was to hit an elderly person then the consequences could be fatal.

Death, heartache and a prison sentence is probably not the legacy they had in mind.

JED MAXWELL Stockton Heath

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3:44pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Melonfish says...

Cycle lanes won't solve the problem, it will narrow the road and cause cyclists to be in far too many door zones as they travel down it plus they encourage close passes by cars. simply put the cyclists should be on the road.
also there's no law requiring a helmet to be worn (except for under 16's) there is not enough empirical evidence one way or the other that cycle helmets are effective enough to stop severe injury.
you should see the helmet debate on a cycle forum, ouch.
Regardless cycling on the pavement is illegal for adults so i advise you inform your local pcso they can step up patrols and hand out fixed penalties.
Cycle lanes won't solve the problem, it will narrow the road and cause cyclists to be in far too many door zones as they travel down it plus they encourage close passes by cars. simply put the cyclists should be on the road. also there's no law requiring a helmet to be worn (except for under 16's) there is not enough empirical evidence one way or the other that cycle helmets are effective enough to stop severe injury. you should see the helmet debate on a cycle forum, ouch. Regardless cycling on the pavement is illegal for adults so i advise you inform your local pcso they can step up patrols and hand out fixed penalties. Melonfish
  • Score: 1

2:02pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Richard_Eastham says...

Melonfish says it is law for under 16s to wear a cycling helmet while riding a bicycle. It isn't. Nobody, whatever age, is obliged to wear a helmet in the UK. Which is good as helmet obligation is 1) ineffective at reducing injury, and 2) reduces demand for cycling. Look at the woeful levels of cycling in Australia (helmet law) compared to super-cycle-friendly Denmark (no helmet law).

Besides, pedestrians and car drivers are at risk of head inure too, arguably greater risk than cyclists. Would Mr. Maxwell encourage pedestrians and car drivers to also wear a helmet? And if not, why not?
Melonfish says it is law for under 16s to wear a cycling helmet while riding a bicycle. It isn't. Nobody, whatever age, is obliged to wear a helmet in the UK. Which is good as helmet obligation is 1) ineffective at reducing injury, and 2) reduces demand for cycling. Look at the woeful levels of cycling in Australia (helmet law) compared to super-cycle-friendly Denmark (no helmet law). Besides, pedestrians and car drivers are at risk of head inure too, arguably greater risk than cyclists. Would Mr. Maxwell encourage pedestrians and car drivers to also wear a helmet? And if not, why not? Richard_Eastham
  • Score: 1

10:50am Sat 29 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

Melonfish wrote:
Cycle lanes won't solve the problem, it will narrow the road and cause cyclists to be in far too many door zones as they travel down it plus they encourage close passes by cars. simply put the cyclists should be on the road.
also there's no law requiring a helmet to be worn (except for under 16's) there is not enough empirical evidence one way or the other that cycle helmets are effective enough to stop severe injury.
you should see the helmet debate on a cycle forum, ouch.
Regardless cycling on the pavement is illegal for adults so i advise you inform your local pcso they can step up patrols and hand out fixed penalties.
Pity PCSOs don't set a better example by not riding on pavements themselves.

(Not just illegal for adults to do so.)
[quote][p][bold]Melonfish[/bold] wrote: Cycle lanes won't solve the problem, it will narrow the road and cause cyclists to be in far too many door zones as they travel down it plus they encourage close passes by cars. simply put the cyclists should be on the road. also there's no law requiring a helmet to be worn (except for under 16's) there is not enough empirical evidence one way or the other that cycle helmets are effective enough to stop severe injury. you should see the helmet debate on a cycle forum, ouch. Regardless cycling on the pavement is illegal for adults so i advise you inform your local pcso they can step up patrols and hand out fixed penalties.[/p][/quote]Pity PCSOs don't set a better example by not riding on pavements themselves. (Not just illegal for adults to do so.) Nick Tessla
  • Score: 5

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